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CONFIDENTIAL  SECTION  01  OF  04  ROME  000649 

NOFORN 

SIPDIS 

TO  THE  PRESIDENT  FROM  THE  CHARGE  D'AFFAIRES 

EO  12958  DECL:  05/31/2019 
TAGS  PREL,  PGOV,  IT 

SUBJECT:  SCENESETTER  FOR  ITALIAN  PM  BERLUSCONI'S  JUNE  15 
VISIT  TO  WASHINGTON 

REF:  A)  ROME  97  B)  MOSCOW  1273 
ROME  00000649  001.6  OF  004 

Classified  By:  Elizabeth  L.  Dibble,  Charge  d'Affaires,  for  reasons  1.4  (b)  and  (d). 
Summary 


11.  (C/NF)  Mr.  President,  your  meeting  with  Italian  PM  Silvio  Berlusconi  comes  at  a time  when  his  closest  advisors  fear  Italy  is  losing  the  ere 
Berlusconi  the  Politician 

12 . (C/NF)  Our  relationship  with  Berlusconi  is  complex.  He  is  vocally  pro-American  and  has  helped  address  our  interests  on  many  levels  in  a mar 

13.  (C/NF)  His  shortcomings  notwithstanding,  marginalizing  Berlusconi  would  limit  important  cooperation  with  a key  ally.  Berlusconi  is  one  of 
ROME  00000649  002.6  OF  004 

frequently  unhelpful  role  for  himself.  Dealing  with  Berlusconi,  therefore,  requires  a careful  balance  of  close  coordination  with  him  and  his  ke 

14.  (C/NF)  Italy  held  elections  for  the  European  Parliament  on  June  6 and  7,  which  reaffirmed  Berlusconi's  People  of  Liberty  (PDL)  party  as  Itc 
Economic  Crisis 


15.  (C)  Prudent  (some  would  say  stodgy)  banking  practices  allowed  Italy  to  avoid  the  global  financial  sector  meltdown.  Italy's  banks  simply  die 
G8 

16.  (C/NF)  Berlusconi's  stewardship  of  his  G8  Presidency  has  been  marked  by  a proliferation  of  Ministerial  and  sub-ministerial  meetings  coupled 
Guantanamo  Detainees 


17.  (C/NF)  Berlusconi  welcomed  your  decision  to  close  Guantanamo,  and  has  publicly  and  repeatedly  underscored  Italy's  desire  to  support  the  mo\; 
ROME  00000649  003.6  OF  004 

common  EU  framework  that  will  open  the  door  to  individual  country  agreements  with  the  U.S.  While  the  junior  partner  in  Berlusconi's  coalition  c 
Russia 


18.  (C/NF)  Dependence  on  Russian  energy,  lucrative  and  frequently  nontransparent  business  dealings  between  Italy  and  Russia,  and  a close,  perse 
Energy 


19.  (C/NF)  Berlusconi's  close  personal  ties  with  Putin  and  the  very  strong  corporate  ties  between  Italian  energy  parastatal  ENI  and  Russia's  Gc 

110.  (C)  The  Berlusconi  Government  is  pursuing  plans  to  bring  back  nuclear  power  to  Italy.  U.S. -based  companies  Westinghouse  and  GE  face  stiff 
Iran 


111.  (C/NF)  With  Italy  frustrated  by  its  exclusion  from  the  P5-plus-l  negotiating  circle,  Berlusconi  will  highlight  Italy's  would-be  role  as  ar 
ROME  00000649  004.7  OF  004 

Libya 


112.  (C/NF)  Berlusconi  has  continued  Italy's  policy  of  developing  an  expanded  relationship  with  Libya,  largely  in  order  to  stem  the  tide  of  irr 
A Partner  in  Security 


113.  (C/NF)  Berlusconi  has  maintained  a significant  military  commitment  in  Afghanistan  (2,600  troops,  mostly  in  Italy's  Regional-Command  West), 

114.  (C)  Our  shared  security  interests  with  Italy  go  beyond  Afghanistan.  U.S.  facilities  in  Italy  provide  unmatched  freedom  of  action  and  are  c 
Conclusion 


115.  (C/NF)  The  robust  U.S. -Italian  relationship  provides  us  with  major  national  security  benefits  in  our  military  missions  overseas,  our  own  p